We welcome you to consider membership of this vibrant, active, and growing congregation. Those seeking membership are required to attend an Inquirer’s Class. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude with lunch at 12:00 p.m.
To register, please contact:
+1 (212) 675-6150
Before joining the Church, potential members attend our Inquirers’ Class. This Saturday morning session introduces the history and organization of our Church, what the Church and Congregation believe, what to expect in membership, dialogue on service and learning, and an opportunity to join. Attendees are not required to join and may use the session for information. Membership of our Church requires persons to confess the Christian faith, trust in Christ as our Lord and Savior, promise to follow Christ and Christ’s example for living, and commit to attend to and engage in the Church and its work.
Upon concluding the Inquirer’s Class, should one decide to join, he or she would join by one of the following methods:
- Confession of Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (including readiness to be baptized if you have not been already);
- Reaffirmation of Faith (for those who are not currently an active church member, but have been in the past); or
- Transfer of Letter (for those transferring from another church)
Those who join will be welcomed into the Church on a Sunday following the Inquirer’s Class.
Membership is an adventure with God to live a different kind of life. We believe every Christian has a responsibility before God to use his or her time, talent, and resources, not only in the Church, but in common life, for the service of God. We are ambassadors who carry a message wherever we go and servants of God in whatever we are doing with our lives in the world.
First Church, like all Presbyterian churches, is a representative democracy. The word ‘Presbyterian’ derives from the Greek word “presbuteros” which means “elder.” We are governed by elders who are democratically chosen from and by the entire congregation. Governance and authority over Church matters resides with these elected elders.
Elders make up the church’s governing body which is called the Session. Our Session oversees the day-to-day-work of the church. They charge the Board of Deacons to conduct the temporal and charitable ministry of the Church, and the Board of Trustees to manage the financial, legal, and property affairs of the Church.